#Roger E. Moore
The War of the Lance
Dragonlance time again.
Ten stories and a poem. The opening and closing stories this time are both from Weis and Hickman. By having the stories set around the time of the War of the Lance, the authors have a chance to dig into some of the events that didn't quite make it into the original trilogy. It's a nice touch, and made nicer by only touching a few of the stories.
Raistlin and the Knight of Solamnia, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Raistlin's an interesting character. He was morally ambiguous from the start, and hardly anyone trusted him. And it wasn't terribly surprising when he betrayed his friends and joined the forces of evil. What was surprising, in a way, was that he wasn't motivated by jealousy or resentment or bitter anger over the mistrust he faced. No, his friends were right about him all along, it was pure ambition. He never went through a dramatic change, he just grew a bit more firm in his convictions.
That means stories like this, that take place before his turn, let the authors show off his softer side a bit more than normal without fundamentally changing his character.
What can I say? I liked it.
Dead on Target, Roger E. Moore
Our hero dies. And then he gets angry. And then he gets revenge. And then he rests in peace.
War Machines, Nick O'Donohoe
A teenaged girl with a massive crush on a Knight of Solamnia risks her life to find the gnomish weapons that could destroy their dragonarmy enemies. She gets all that and a nice little bonus besides.
The Promised Place, Dan Parkinson
It's a gully dwarf story. Actually, it's the story that set up The Gully Dwarves. And it works much better than that did for me, mostly by virtue of being shorter.
Clockwork Hero, Jeff Grubb
Gnomes are terrible inventors. In many more senses of the word terrible than one. But they're not that bad at inventing stories when it comes right down to it. And really what's a hero but someone with a sword and the right story? It turns out there's at least one gnome with a real talent for inventing heroes.
I shouldn't have liked the thing with the love interest. It was a bit too cute. But I liked it.
The Night Wolf, Nancy Varian Berberick
With enough magic, you don't have to be a werewolf to be a man who turns into a wolf. But that doesn't mean it isn't still a curse.
It's a good story. But there's nothing about it that needed to be set near the War of the Lance, or needed to be a dragonlance story, or even a D&D story at all. I don't know if it was written for this collection or not, but if not then good job finding a home for it.
The Potion Sellers, Mark Anthony
The placebo effect is a wonderful thing. Sometimes even if it shouldn't be effective, a medicine can still be exactly what you need.
The Hand That Feeds, Richard Knaak
In a world where there are multiple, jealous, vindictive gods who can each grant some but not all miracles, it can be difficult to know how to balance your reverence and your tithes for best effect. A merchant gets an object lesson on that topic that he'll never forget.
The Vingaard Campaign, Douglas Niles
One of the things that didn't make the cut in the Chronicles trilogy was the story of how exactly Laurana almost single-handedly turned around the war. This story, told in bits and pieces of collected history from journals, only gives a view from 10,000 feet. But it's still a nice view.
The Story that Tasslehoff Promised He Would Never, Ever, Ever Tell, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
I think I'm supposed to sympathize with everyone's frustration over Tasslehoff's complete inability to keep a secret. But honestly those idiots should have all known better. And if instead of spouting off cryptically and then nodding at each other's shared understanding, they'd actually spelled things out for him, then his inability to keep a secret wouldn't have been a disaster in the making.
A cryoserpent is a 50 foot long nocturnal predator that accumulates treasure by raiding the lairs of white dragons and frost giants. It can paralyze smaller victims with its gaze, and its hollow tongue can launch icy effects similar to Otiluke’s Freezing Sphere cast at 12th level -- sphere, ray, or exploding globe. (Looks like a Jim Roslof illus, for Roger Moore’s “Dragon’s Bestiary” entry in Dragon 44, December 1980)
Poster by Robert McGinnis
Princess Anne with Roger Moore at a Wildlife Fund gala in November 1970
The Man with the Golden Gun film poster by Robert E. McGinnis, 1974
The Persuaders!: Book Three by Frederick E. Smith, Pan, 1973. Later reissued under the title The Persuaders At Large in 1976.
Here are the US representatives who voted against the US pro-LGBT+ Equality Act
The US Equality Act is to outlaw discrimination against LGBTQ people in housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and federal funding.
The House of Representatives passed the legislation yesterday, but it is unlikely that the Senate will follow up, given the Republican Party's increasing hostility to queer people. They are currently weaponizing transphobia in an attempt at mobilizing their base.
In the Senate the bill will require at least 10 Republicans to vote with all Democrats to advance past the so-called filibuster.
Metro Weekly has listed the representatives that voted against the law in the House.
Photo of Rep. Marie Newman.
Paul A. Gosar
David G. Valadao
Gus M. Bilirakis
C. Scott Franklin
Carlos A. Gimenez
Maria Elvira Salazar
W. Gregory Steube
Andrew S. Clyde
A. Drew Ferguson
Marjorie Taylor Greene
Mary E. Miller
S. Brett Guthrie
Lisa C. McClain
Matthew M. Rosendale
Jefferson Van Drew
Andrew R. Garbarino
Gregory Francis Murphy
Patrick T. McHenry
Robert E. Latta
Stephanie I. Bice
John W. Rose
Michael T. McCaul
Troy E. Nehls
Beth Van Duyne
John R. Curtis
Blake D. Moore
Robert J. Wittman
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Thomas P. Tiffany
All Democrats voted for the legislation, as did three Republicans.
Adam T Wilk
Sean "Ariamaki" Riedinger
Dmitriy Aleksandrovich Sadikov
Kelly L. Hoins
Ian Matthew Michael Burg
Benjamin "BenaSPACE" McQueen
J. A. Salazar
Dan Henry Langgaard
Ean L. Roth
Corban Andrew Coffman
James E Richmond
SACren Mosk jAIr Lauridsen
Edlyn "Xisuu" Si
Paul Emile Gerard
Charles "Chip Champion" Rogers III
Zachary "ZarroTsu" Baillie
Kevin T McAllister
Will "Radnar" Kilgore
Matthew Robert Shanahan
Christopher J. Barnes
Per Kristian Brastad
Darkk the Dragon
Christopher David Wilson
John W. Bruce
Martin "AT" Stewart
Denzel Jackson Ewing
Van den Bosch Tim
A Strange Yolk
James Carlisle Holder
Curtis A. Eves "TehLazyOne"
Gabriel de Souza Vieira Batista
Desmond Molly Jones
Petter S. Fossum
Luke "Association" Fox
William Boseth Harding
A Swarm of Bees
Richard Van Tassel
W. Kyle Korth
Eric P. Kurniawan
Jason and Kai Vodicka
Robbie Van de Motter
Edna Rouse (DiscoKittie)
Shawn Y. Lee
Alexandre Cleret de Langavant
J M BondzeIeske
Keegan J. Trenerry
Imani Mercedes Brown
Alexander I Hthiy
Ryan Patrick Bell
Andres Velasco y Coll
Natasha and Richard
Alp Aziz Torun
Sharon Isabelle Simmonds
Henry W Schubert
a series of birds
Nicholas Muscles Del Guercio
Stephen Wesley Shannon
Maria Annichia Riolo
Cody H. Billie
Nikolas San Lucas
Jack & Jenna Murphy
Jeremy Ogden Bazzini-Ellis
Colin J. MacDougall
Samael the Butterdragon
Luna and DC
Thanks to friends and family for supporting us. And UNDERTALE TEAM thanks you, the player, from the bottom of our hearts. Without you, all of this would be impossible.
("Last Goodbye" ends)
We did it! We saved undertale…… 2!
Posted @withregram • @labodif Quel momento. Lei è #SacheenLittlefeather. È il 1973. Siamo agli Academy Awards. Liv Ullmann e Roger Moore stanno per annunciare la vittoria nella categoria Miglior Attore Protagonista. È #Marlonbrando per Il Padrino. Partono le note della colonna sonora di Nino Rota, e a raggiungerli non è Brando, ma lei. Sacheen Littlefeather, Marie Louise Cruz, attrice e attivista per i diritti delle persone #NativeAmericane. Sacheen sale sul palco, rifiutando con delicatezza la statuetta. In mano ha invece le quindici pagine scritte da Brando per spiegare le ragioni del suo rifiuto. L’attivista non potrà leggerle ma solo annunciare. Perché? Uno dei produttori degli Oscar ha minacciato di farla arrestare se il discorso fosse durato più di sessanta secondi. John Wayne, il #cowboy per eccellenza, si è detto pronto a trascinarla giù dal palco. Così Sacheen parla, tra fischi, urla e applausi. In diretta davanti a quasi novanta milioni di persone. “Questa sera rappresento Marlon Brando. Mi ha chiesto di dirvi che è davvero dispiaciuto di non poter accettare questo premio. La ragione è dovuta al trattamento degli indiani d’America nell’odierna industria cinematografica e televisiva, anche rispetto ai recenti avvenimenti di Wounded Knee”. Sacheen lèggerà il testo per intero solo nel backstage e il New York Times lo pubblicherà il giorno dopo. Il risultato sarà che la stampa andrà in South Dakota dove l’American Indian Movement aveva occupato la riserva di Wounded Knee (già scenario del massacro del 1890) come atto di protesta contro le politiche del Governo. L’FBI per vendicarsi, inizierà a diffamare la #giovanedonna, precludendole la carriera. Oggi Sacheen Littlefeather ha 74 anni, è non ha smesso un minuto di lottare per la sua gente. Non si è mai pentita di essere salita su quel palco: “Rosa Parks fu la prima a sedersi su quell’autobus. Qualcuno doveva essere il primo a pagare il prezzo del biglietto. Sono stata io”. #labodifsegnala #indianidamerica #sacheenlittlefeather #rosaparks #nativeamerican #americanindianmovement https://www.instagram.com/p/CU9R-Ldtgzi/?utm_medium=tumblr
Please never vote for any of these people again
Sorry, St Bluebell isn’t here today. Besides how much I hate Hobby Lobby, the one potentially rage inducing issue I bring up on this site is voting. After I have encouraged all of you to register and cast your votes, these people voted to nullify the election results in states where their candidate didn’t win. They did so *after* the assault on the Capitol Building, after they had seen the consequences of their attempt to undermine the peaceful transfer of power in this country.
Every year our government becomes more powerful, gains more power over the daily lives of its citizens. Its knows where you live, it knows who you talk to on the phone, it knows what library books you checked out, it knows what you had for breakfast. The most important issue facing us today is whether we, the people, will ensure that we have a government we can trust before we lose all control of it. Every single one of these people should be primaried by their own party and never allowed to hold any public office again.
Tommy Tuberville, Ala.
Rick Scott, Fla.
Roger Marshall, Kan.
John Kennedy, La.
Cindy Hyde-Smith, Miss.
Josh Hawley, Mo.
Ted Cruz, Texas
Cynthia Lummis, Wyo.
Robert B. Aderholt, Ala.
Mo Brooks, Ala.
Jerry Carl, Ala.
Barry Moore, Ala.
Gary Palmer, Ala.
Mike Rogers, Ala.
Andy Biggs, Ariz.
Paul Gosar, Ariz.
Debbie Lesko, Ariz.
David Schweikert, Ariz.
Rick Crawford, Ark.
Ken Calvert, Calif.
Mike Garcia, Calif.
Darrell Issa, Calif.
Doug LaMalfa, Calif.
Kevin McCarthy, Calif.
Devin Nunes, Calif.
Jay Obernolte, Calif.
Lauren Boebert, Colo.
Doug Lamborn, Colo.
Kat Cammack, Fla.
Mario Diaz-Balart, Fla.
Byron Donalds, Fla.
Neal Dunn, Fla.
Scott Franklin, Fla.
Matt Gaetz, Fla.
Carlos Gimenez, Fla.
Brian Mast, Fla.
Bill Posey, Fla.
John Rutherford, Fla.
Greg Steube, Fla.
Daniel Webster, Fla.
Rick Allen, Ga.
Earl L. "Buddy" Carter, Ga.
Andrew Clyde, Ga.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ga.
Jody Hice, Ga.
Barry Loudermilk, Ga.
Russ Fulcher, Idaho
Mike Bost, Ill.
Mary Miller, Ill.
Jim Baird, Ind.
Jim Banks, Ind.
Greg Pence, Ind.
Jackie Walorski, Ind.
Ron Estes, Kan.
Jacob LaTurner, Kan.
Tracey Mann, Kan.
Harold Rogers, Ky.
Garret Graves, La.
Clay Higgins, La.
Mike Johnson, La.
Steve Scalise, La.
Andy Harris, Md.
Jack Bergman, Mich.
Lisa McClain, Mich.
Tim Walberg, Mich.
Michelle Fischbach, Minn.
Jim Hagedorn, Minn.
Michael Guest, Miss.
Trent Kelly, Miss.
Steven Palazzo, Miss.
Sam Graves, Mo.
Vicky Hartzler, Mo.
Billy Long, Mo.
Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mo.
Jason Smith, Mo.
Matt Rosendale, Mont.
Dan Bishop, N.C.
Ted Budd, N.C.
Madison Cawthorn, N.C.
Virginia Foxx, N.C.
Richard Hudson, N.C.
Gregory F. Murphy, N.C.
David Rouzer, N.C.
Jeff Van Drew, N.J.
Yvette Herrell, N.M.
Chris Jacobs, N.Y.
Nicole Malliotakis, N.Y.
Elise M. Stefanik, N.Y.
Lee Zeldin, N.Y.
Adrian Smith, Neb.
Steve Chabot, Ohio
Warren Davidson, Ohio
Bob Gibbs, Ohio
Bill Johnson, Ohio
Jim Jordan, Ohio
Stephanie Bice, Okla.
Tom Cole, Okla.
Kevin Hern, Okla.
Frank Lucas, Okla.
Markwayne Mullin, Okla.
Cliff Bentz, Ore.
John Joyce, Pa.
Fred Keller, Pa.
Mike Kelly, Pa.
Daniel Meuser, Pa.
Scott Perry, Pa.
Guy Reschenthaler, Pa.
Lloyd Smucker, Pa.
Glenn Thompson, Pa.
Jeff Duncan, S.C.
Ralph Norman, S.C.
Tom Rice, S.C.
William Timmons, S.C.
Joe Wilson, S.C.
Tim Burchett, Tenn.
Scott DesJarlais, Tenn.
Chuck Fleischmann, Tenn.
Mark E. Green, Tenn.
Diana Harshbarger, Tenn.
David Kustoff, Tenn.
John Rose, Tenn.
Jodey Arrington, Texas
Brian Babin, Texas
Michael C. Burgess, Texas
John R. Carter, Texas
Michael Cloud, Texas
Pat Fallon, Texas
Louie Gohmert, Texas
Lance Gooden, Texas
Ronny Jackson, Texas
Troy Nehls, Texas
August Pfluger, Texas
Pete Sessions, Texas
Beth Van Duyne, Texas
Randy Weber, Texas
Roger Williams, Texas
Ron Wright, Texas
Burgess Owens, Utah
Chris Stewart, Utah
Ben Cline, Va.
Bob Good, Va.
Morgan Griffith, Va.
Robert J. Wittman, Va.
Carol Miller, W.Va.
Alexander X. Mooney, W.Va.
Scott Fitzgerald, Wis.
Tom Tiffany, Wis.
I kind of feel like the cover art to this needs to captioned. There's just such an odd dynamic. There's the evil undead knight on the vampire horse from hell taunting everyone, the knight on the ground trying to draw her sword and strike him down challenge rating be damned, and the unarmed and very blue pacifist cleric who is restraining the good knight because she's not following the rules of civilized discourse. Nevermind that given his track record, the fact that Lord Soth there isn't murdering anyone during the half-second depicted here means absolutely nothing about what he's going to do in the next ten minutes or been doing for the last ten.
Michael, just between us, what you're supposed to do in this situation is cast a few buffs on your wife and then grab something heavy and armor-breaky and back her up. I'm pretty sure your vows against violence don't apply toward the undead.
Anyway, Dragonlace, Tales, Cataclysm, Anthology. Reviews below.
Mark of the Flame, Mark of the Word, Michael and Teri Williams
I mean, there's a story here. But honestly, if you wanted me to pay attention to it you shouldn't have had your viewpoint character get free plastic surgery via a dragon's stomach acid. Or maybe you should have kept that and made it a comedy.
The Bargain Driver, Mark Anthony
A knight meets a travelling merchant. One teaches the other to compromise their morals for the greater good. Sometimes the easiest lessons to teach are the ones you never intended.
It was a nice bit of romance as well as a very nice portrayal of a paladin.
Seekers, Todd Fahnestock
The title made me think this would be about the origins of the Seeker cult. It may actually be, but that isn't made explicit. Instead it's a look at a man losing faith and a boy finding it.
No Gods, No Heroes, Nick O'Donohoe
Amazing. Every word of the title you just read was wrong. But gods and heroes are both rarely what people expect.
It's fun. And the horrible horrible people who become heroes here are my favorite characters in the book. And they’re pretty high up on the list of my favorite Dragonlance characters
Into Shadow, Into Light, Richard A. Knaak
The man who betrayed Huma gets a brief break from his eternal torment so he can help another knight avoid his own fate.
A decent story, spoiled a bit by my distaste for the idea of eternal torment.
Ogre Unaware, Dan Parkinson
Not content with causing the cataclysm, a band of wandering gully dwarves adopts an amnesiac ogre and sets out to fight slavery, their own.
I think I've said it before, but gully dwarves mostly exist as a joke. A joke I don't actually find funny.
The Cobbler's Son, Roger E. Moore
When a kender runs around 'just asking questions', they're probably not actually trolls. On the other hand, they're still using a troll's methods and getting a troll's results.
I just realized I should point out that I'm talking internet troll here, not flesh-eating regenerating giant troll.
The Voyage of the Sunchaser, Paul B. Thompson and Tonya R. Carter
A ship travelling to Istar isn't actually interrupted by the Cataclysm.
The Cataclysm put Istar on the bottom of an ocean. That's the joke.
The High Priest of Halcyon, Douglas Niles
Astinus apparently had lots and lots of journalists wandering the world after the Cataclysm. One of them managed to find what he thinks is a cult of evil clerics. He's technically incorrect. Which is the best kind of incorrect.
True Knight, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
It's the follow-up to The Silken Threads. A true cleric and the sister of a dead knight search for faith and hope in a world that they technically saved. Along the way, they meet what's left of the knight who very definitely did not save the world. And they find what they were looking for.
As the distant ancestors of Riverwind, these two are actually pretty impor... Umm... They technically saved the world so that counts right?
Frosts, often called “snow fairies” or “snow pixies,” may appear small and weak but they can go invisible at will and use a cone of cold once per day, along with several other powerful cold-themed spells cast at 12th-18th level. Here an unsuspecting pig-faced orc has picked on the wrong 1/2-HD creature. (Erol Otus illus for Roger Moore’s “Dragon’s Bestiary” feature, Dragon 33, January 1980)
Treaty Between the United States and the Cherokee Indians Signed at New Echota, Georgia, 12/29/1835
This was opposed by most Cherokees, and led to the removal of 16,000 Cherokees (and the death of 4,000) in what became called the “Trail of Tears.”
File Unit: Ratified Indian Treaty 199: Cherokee - New Echota, Georgia, December 29, 1835, 1789 - 1869
Series: Indian Treaties, 1789 - 1869
Record Group 11: General Records of the United States Government, 1778 - 2006
Articles of a Treaty concluded at New Echota
in the State of Georgia on the 29th day of Decr. 1835 by Genl
William Carroll & John F. Schermerhorn Commissioners on
the part of the United States and the chiefs head men & people
of the Cherokee tribe of Indians
Whereas the Cherokees are anxious to make
some arrangements with the Government of the United States
whereby the difficulties they have experienced by a residence
within the settled parts of the United States under the Jurisdic-
tion and laws of the State Governments may be terminated
and adjusted; And with a view to reuniting their people
in one body and securing a permanent home for themselves
and their posterity in the country selected by their fore-
fathers without the territorial limits of the State Sovreign
ties; and where they can establish and enjoy a Govern
ment of their choice and perpetuate such a state of so-
ciety as may be most consonent with their views habits
and condition; and as may tend to their individual
comfort and their advancement in civilization
And Whereas a Delegation of the Cherokee Nation
composed of Messrs John Ross Richard Taylor Danl
McCoy Saml Gunter & William Rogers with full power
and authority to conclude a Treaty with the United
States did on the 28th day of February 1835 stipulate &
agree with the Government of the United States to submit
to the Senate to fix the amount which should be allowed
the Cherokees for their claims and for a cession of their
lands East of the Mississippi River And [insert]did[/insert] agree to abide
by the award of the Senate of the United States themselves
and to recommend the same to their people for their
people for their final determination
And whereas on such submission the Senate advised
"that a sum not exceeding five millions of Dollars be paid
to the Cherokee Indians for all their lands & possessions
East of the Mississippi River"
And Whereas this delegation after said award
purpose as soon after the ratification of this Trea
ty as an appropriation for the same shall be made[.]
It is however not intended in this article to interfere
with that part of the annuities due the Cherokees West
by the Treaty of 1819[.]
Article 19 This treaty after the same shall be
ratified by the President & senate of the United States
shall be obligatory on the contracting parties.
In testimony whereof the Commissions and
the Chiefs head men & people whose names are
hereunto annexed being duly authorized by
the people in general council assembled have
affixed their hands & seals for themselves
& in behalf of the Cherokee Nation. [added in a different hand] I have
examined the forgoing treaty and altho not present when it was
made I approve its provisions generally and therefore sign it [/added...]
Cae te hee his X mark [ Seal] Wm Carroll [Seal]
Te gah e ske his X mark [Seal] J. F. Schermerhorn [Seal]
Robert Rogers [Seal] Major his X mark Ridge [Seal]
John Gunter [seal] James his X mark Foster [seal]
John A. Bell [seal] Tesa ta esky his X mark [seal]
Charles F. Foreman [seal] Charles his X mark Moore [seal]
William Rogers [seal] George his X mark Chambers [seal]
George W Adair [seal] Tah yeske [his X mark [seal]
Elias Boudinot [seal] Archilla his X mark Smith [seal]
James his X mark Starr [seal] Andrew Ross [seal]
Jesse Halfbreed his X mark [seal] William Lassley [seal]
hi Sam! before you go I wanted to ask where you find the nonfiction books/docs that you do? I can’t afford school rn but I’m trying to read and learn as much as possible and your blog helped me find resources on feminism and LGBT stuff I wouldn’t have otherwise. I hope you have a good day!!
I’m not sure exactly where I get all my book recommendations..... usually someone I follow online posts something they’re reading/read and I add it to my wishlist, Best Book Lists or if there’s a topic I’m interested in I just search for a really good book on the subject. I’m just gonna list my favorite non-fiction books I’ve read this year and in general.
-The President’s Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. I read this in high school so it’s been a while but before trump I used to love reading American History books and I really enjoyed this one on the relationships between the presidents. Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon’s relationship was especially interesting.
-King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild. Incredible, harrowing book about the forgotten genocide of the Congo which there was little public awareness of in the western world before this was published in 1998.
-The Making of Millenials by Malcolm Harris. Explains why Millenials are poorer, deeper in debt, sadder, more anxious and more medicated than their parents or grandparents. Explicitly anti-capitalist and I recommend Harris over Anne Helen Peterson.
-Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals by Sadiya Hartman. One of my FAVORITE books of this year. I have never read a historical non-fiction book written like this. She breaks incredible ground in her writing by combining historical research, critical theory and fictional narratives. Its so so so good. If you read just one book I recommend make it this one.
-Paddy's Lament: Ireland 1846-1847 : Prelude to Hatred by Thomas Gallagher. About the irish famine. Really horrifyingly sad (obviously) but if you know little about the famine it will show you how it could’ve been avoided entirely had the British simply not been the most evil group of people to ever exist in human history.
-Illness as a Metaphor and AIDs and its Metaphors by Susan Sontag. Did you know before AIDs cancer was the most stigmatized illness and people would go to their graves hiding the fact. That and her comparisons to TB was the most interesting stuff in the book.
-Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics by Marjorie J. Spruill. Read this after watching Mrs. America. It is completely impossible to understand America’s shift to the right without knowing and understanding American feminist history.
-Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. She’s such a beautiful writer, she’s probably my favorite feminist theorist to read just based on prose alone.
-Obviously I recommend Alison Bechdel always and forever.
-In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado. I didn’t personally connect with this one a lot but she is clearly one of the greatest writers alive today.
-Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Keefe. One of the best books of 2019. About the horrific violence + conflict in 1970s Northern Ireland and its aftermath. Will not help your general anxiety/depression about governments allowing disenfranchised + vulnerable people to die and suffer mostly due to a complete lack of care. Young people in Northern Ireland were deprived of decent education and economic opportunities. Agents of the state terrorized them and their communities. They believed that they had nothing to lose and radicalized quite easily. Any of this sound familiar right now.....
-Woman-Hating by Andrea Dworkin. Finally read this after years of putting it off. Can’t say that I learned much that I didn’t already know but she is basically right about everything. Still meaning to read Right Wing Women hopefully b4 the end of the year. Hard her books are so expensive to get a paper copy so I get digital downloads and I hate reading on my computer.
-A Star Is Born: The Making of the 1954 Movie and Its 1983 Restoration by Ronald Haver. Great piece of Hollywood history if you’re into that kind of thing. I also read Seduction by Karina Longworth which was good but tbh it could’ve used a bit of editing... information overload.
-Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America by Lillian Faderman. THE book on lesbian history. I recommend literally everything by Faderman, and if I could have anyone career as a dream it would be hers. I love her.
-And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts. One of the most comprehensive books on the AIDs crisis. This s what made me want to go into public health originally when I read it in 2016.
-Ties That Bind by Sarah Schulmann but also anything she has ever written. Made me Realize Things about familial homophobia and how its the bedrock upon which all other homophobia in society is built.
-Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright. If you are interested in scientology this is The Book. Its perfect.
I’m also currently in the middle of Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People by John Jacobs which is good if a little dry. Again just wanted to read more about Jonestown since I knew little. Love anything about cults.
Currently this is my wishlist
-Fosse by Sam Wasson
-Inside Out by Demi Moore
-Been wanting to get into Adrienne Rich so if anyone has a recommendation there I appreciate it!
-What It Takes : The Way to the White House By Richard Ben Cramer
-To Believe in Women : What Lesbians Have Done for America - A History By Lillian Faderman
-From Reverence to Rape : The Treatment of Women in the Movies By Molly Haskell
-Nixonland : The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America By Rick Perlstein
-The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration By Wilkerson, Isabel
-Columbine By Dave Cullen
-The Celluloid Closet : Homosexuality in the Movies By Vito Russo
-The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness By Michelle Alexander (I know I still haven’t read this wtf)
-Hitler's Furies : German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields By Wendy Lower
-The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath By Sylvia Plath
-Conflict Is Not Abuse : Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair By Sarah Schulman
-Invisible Women : Data Bias in a World Designed for Men By Caroline Criado Perez
-The Real Lolita : The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World By Sarah Weinman
-Native Country of the Heart : A MemoirBy Cherre Moraga
-They Were Her Property : White Women As Slave Owners in the American South By Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
-Sisters in Hate: Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism By Seyward Darby
-Andrea Dworkin : The Feminist As Revolutionary By Martin Duberman
Also just ordered: teagan and sara book, michael jackson book and Roby Crawford’s Whitney Houston memoir.
As you can see I already have a very long list of books I need to read but I am always open to recommendations. Just please only recommend the best books u have ever read! I love anything on gay history and anything that helps me understand america more and feminism. But I’m open to anything that’s wonderfully written.
Frederick E. Smith's first book in The Persuaders! series, Pan books, 1971.
TALES OF RAVENLOFT by various authors
hi! hello! it's been a while! the holidays happened, i lost most of my reading time for a bit, u know how it goes
but we got a short story collection this round! isn't that fun
there's uhhhhhh eighteen of em in here, only three of which are really worth reading. it's about par for the series honestly, a bell curve of mostly inoffensive and mildly interesting, with a few at the extremes of Very Fuckign Good and Don't Even Bother
in the middle of that bell curve we've got Three Good Reasons Not To Gamble In Sithicus, a rather sad story about a dude rescuing a baby from a banshee, and noted vampire hunter Rudolph van Richten's origin story, of all things. decent stuff, worth a read if you're in a forgiving mood.
on the Don't Even Bother side there's the usual dose of ableism and poor writing endemic to the series, with a disfigured hermit getting hunted by a headless horseman, something about a panther that got polymorphed into a man and then into a vampire? and some morality tale about how excessive judiciousness leads to a law system that revolves around amputations or some shit, idk
but, BUT, in a perfect microcosm of the Ravenloft series as a whole, there are a few gems that make the slog worth it.
the first of my two favorites is by Roger E. Moore, and concerns Lord Wilfred Godefroy, an utter bastard! i gotta say Mr Moore understood the assignment, this vignette is all about cycles on cycles on cycles, wheels of thought and action and the environment and its inhabitants forever returning to previous states
in short, the essence of a ghost story
the true horror here is an abusive, powerful man, and lemme tell you it is satisfying to watch the control he thinks he has slip away as he realizes just how trapped he is by his crimes. for once i won't spoil it, bc i think it's best if you see the shadow of the twist emerge in its own time, and trust me when i say it's worth it.
and i was all set to declare Godefroy's my favorite, but then i saw my good good friend P.N. Elrod listed down the line and knew in my bones that there'd be no contest
and because the publisher at the very least know what they have, the joy that is Ms Elrod is saved for the very back of the book, like your grandma's world-famous dessert pie that's the only reason half the family sat through the criminally dry turkey and Acceptable green bean casserole
one of the many things i can never get enough of with Elrod's Strahd is how animals just fucken love the guy. bats swarm him like bluebirds to a disney princess! he's the favorite person of every wolf in twenty miles! it's adorable and precious and i want a full novel of nothing but this.
also it's never not hilarious watching him pretend to be his own lieutenant at people. i wonder if he disguises himself at all or if he just doesn't bother and relies on ppl not looking too closely at his own face stamped on the coins?
anyway in this delightful little tale The Devil Strahd, The Ancient, The Land, saves a little girl from a well in a burning town, complains about how hard it is for honest tyrants to run a country without bandit interference, and genuinely frolicks with some wolves
and, also… did you know that in older editions of dnd, the fireball spell had specific rules for how it behaved in space, expanding to fill enclosed spaces volumetrically instead of stopping short at a 20ft radius? you know, like real world explosions do?
and did you know what the fatality rate was for wizards who neglected to do the math on that particular property?
that fatality rate almost includes One (1) Strahd, in case you were wondering
if anyone feels inclined to track this one down with the intent of only reading the good ones, i'd be happy to give more detailed ratings/content warnings of the whole roster. but honestly, i'd recommend this collection even if the only thing you read is the last vignette, bc everyone needs to read about Strahd nearly blowing himself up on accident. it's good for the soul.
The Journal of the Travellers’ Aid Society is a cool little digest-sized magazine devoted to GDW’s sci-fi RPG Traveller. This is the earliest issue I’ve got, number 6, which I believe is Fall, 1980. I’m not sure though.
The reason I am not sure is the also the reason the Journal is so interesting. When it launched back in 1979, the decision was made to use dates from the calendar of the game’s Third Imperium setting. So this one was issued on the 273rd day of the 1106th year of the Imperium. For the first issue, this was just a bit of stage dressing, but then, in issue two, with the date moved forward 90 days, they included news items from the Imperium, which were included in every issue going forward. It is one of the earliest examples of a metaplot in RPGs!
The rest of the magazine is about what you’d expect: stuff to make your Traveller game more interesting. This issue has articles on the Imperium stock exchange, the scout service, and … space dolphins? Yup. Space dolphins. That one is by Roger E. Moore of Dragon Magazine fame, believe it or not. William H. Kieth on cover duty. That’s a scout service ship. I really love this cover illustration generally (Star Wars vibes, but also not) and specifically its use of a single color.
Bom dia, qual a boa de hj??
Trabalhar muito e mais tarde tem cinema. Assistir 007, porque eu amo e Daniel Craig ao lado de Roger Moore e Sean Connery são os melhores Bond!
(me empolguei, desculpe 🤭)